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Lean & Energy Toolkit: Appendix A

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Service Providers, Resources, and Tools

This appendix describes resources for identifying public and private energy assessment service providers and provides information on several resources and tools for identifying energy savings opportunities at manufacturing facilities.

Energy Assessment Resources and Tools


E3 – Economy, Energy, and Environment – is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative that is helping manufacturers across the nation adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability. In the process, E3 is boosting local economies and benefiting the commu­nities with creation of “green jobs” and reduced environmental impacts.

Energy Efficiency Toolkit for Manufacturers: Eight Proven Ways to Reduce Your Costs

The National Association of Manufacturers has developed this toolkit outlining energy conservation strategies, case studies, and resources for manufacturers seeking to reduce energy use and costs. The toolkit is based on the results of an energy-efficiency survey of over 400 manufacturing compa­nies.

ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management 

The ENERGY STAR website describes a seven-step process for effective energy management. The guidelines are based on the successful practices of ENERGY STAR partners for improving the energy, financial, and environmental performance of businesses. In addition to practical guidelines, the ENERGY STAR website offers several energy assessment tools and resources.

Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Technical Assistance Site

AMO's Industrial Technical Assistance supports the deployment of manufacturing technologies and practices, including strategic energy management and combined heat and power, across American industry to increase productivity and reduce water and energy use.

Self-Assessment Workbook for Small Manufacturers

This workbook from the Department of Energy presents a step-by-step methodology for small manufacturers to identify opportuni­ties to reduce energy use, improve operations, and reduce costs at their facilities. The workbook includes practical tips, checklists, and examples of common energy cost savings opportunities.

Washington State University's Energy Management Program

Washington State University’s Energy Management Program has developed several workbooks, checklists, and other guidance for conducting energy audits. Other resources available on the website include fact sheets describing energy-efficiency opportunities for commercial and industrial users. 

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Energy Assessment Service Providers

ENERGY STAR Directory of Energy Service and Product Providers

EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program offers a searchable on-line directory of private energy service and product providers. The directory includes energy management service companies, energy improve­ment contractors, and energy service companies, as well as other types of service providers and equipment manufacturers.

U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs)

IACs, which are located at 26 universities across the United States, provide no-cost energy and waste assessments to eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers. Teams of engineering faculty and students from IACs conduct energy audits or industrial assessments of manufacturing facilities and recommend actions to improve productivity, reduce waste, and save energy. 

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Greenhouse Gas Management Tools and Resources

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

This calculator may be useful in helping you communicate the results or targets of your greenhouse gas management strategy. It converts your emissions into carbon equivalents and then equates that to common terms (e.g. your emissions are equivalent to the electricity use of 3000 homes for one year).

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